So you want that perfect look for your lawn this season huh? Not sure how to go about it?
No worries. Many folks aren't. Great lawn maintenance can seem very difficult without proper knowledge. This will serve as a quick reference guide for getting better results with your mower. They are time savers, which equals money savers as well. Alright, so let's get right to it then.
Do you have a lot of shade from trees or bushes around the lawn? If you set the mower a bit higher in the shaded areas. The grass in these areas grows slower, so a quick trim will even the lawn better and fill your bag less. Re-adjust the setting for sunnier patches so that your lawn stays even.
If you are cutting more than a third of the length, you are cutting too much. Cutting the grass at a higher setting makes for a quicker overall mow time and is better for the health of the grass in general. It makes cutting easier too since the drag is less due to the height adjustment. You will mow more often, but it will be much shorter in length and effort expended.
Keeping the Edge
After you have mowed and are admiring your work, check the blades of grass. If the ends of the grass look frayed or chewed, then you blade is getting dull. The grass should have a clean, straight cut. Remove the blade and sharpen it with the proper file, then re-attach it and continue mowing. It is a good rule to do this at least twice a season. Sharp blades make for less work in the end.
Don't be a Lawn Scalper
If you are coming across patches of lawn where the blade hits too low, adjust
the height. The blade hitting the soil leaves an ugly scalped patch and damages the blade edge. Typically, you can bring it up one notch and sidestep this issue. Not having to constantly re-adjust the height will save time and leave the lawn more even to the eye.
The Wet Lawn
If you don't have to, don't mow wet grass. It ends up uneven and is rough on the mower blade. If you absolutely have to however, move the mower slowly for a more effective pass. The vacuum effect is greater if you take your time and let the mower do the work. This will save you from making more than one pass as well.
This goes for anybody who has a mower with a roller. If you change the direction of the way you cut the grass each time, it will not get tamped down and your mower will zip through the lawn with ease.
Not many think of this one when mowing the lawn. The wheel that you have on your mower can dramatically improve your cutting time and efficiency. Caster wheels on the front of the mower give it a great increased turning radius. These must be adjusted independently, causing some inconvenience. You can get much more precision with these wheels however. Purchasing a mower with large rear wheels will make it much easier to push over and through rough terrain. Rocks and tall grass are much easier to navigate as well.
Hopefully your mowing season goes off without a hitch. These simple tips should be helpful for keeping the lawn enjoyable for the whole family.